School’s out for summer

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Many families are wondering how to keep the kids entertained whilst keeping the costs down this summer.

Here are some helpful hacks to help you save those £££’s.

On Our Doorstep

If you’re looking for organised, local, low cost or free activities in Kirklees this summer head online, or sign up to the On Our Doorstep email bulletin for events and ideas straight to your inbox.

Or, for something much closer to home, here’s some ideas you could do with the kids for free:

  • Go on an adventure wildlife walk. Gather different items the kids could use to make some nature art.
  • Have a picnic in one of our wonderful parks.
  • Visit our wonderful libraries for access to the latest reads, magazines, podcast and events.
  • Have your very own sports day with an egg-and-spoon, three-legged, running, jumping, sack, best dancing race. Phew!
  • Recycle your recycling. It’s amazing what kids can make with safe recyclable materials. With a cardboard box and a little imagination you’ve got your very own sports car a may be a fort. All they need is a bit of sticky tape and paint.  And cardboard boxes.
  • Get back to nature in the garden. Ask the kids to help you weed or dig the garden. They’re learning as they play. How many mini-beasts (insects) can they find?
  • CBeebies have ideas to make and colour, like making your own kite.

Kids eat free (or for £1)

This summer, take advantage of the offers available from local supermarkets, restaurants and cafes who are generously offering a ‘Kids Eat Free’ deal during the summer school holidays. Below are a handful of offers that are available:

  • Morrisons: Kids eat free all day, every day in Morrisons cafes nationwide, daily from 3pm with every adult meal over £4.99.
  • Asda: Kids eat for £1 All Day, Every Day with no adult spend required from 25th July – 4th September 2022
  • Brewers Faye: Two children free breakfast with one paying adult.
  • Ikea: Kids can enjoy any meal from the children’s menu for 95p, or £1.50 for a combo meal between 12th July to 3rd September.

More offers on kids eating free can be found on the Money Saving Central website.

Cheap travel with kids

Take advantage of the ‘family and friends railcard’ which offers 1/3 off train travel for adults and 60% off for kids!

As long as you’re travelling with kids aged between 5 and 15 years, you will be eligible for this offer. By taking the train, you can save on fuel costs, parking costs and overall time whilst reducing pollution.

Check how much you can save with the family and friends railcard.

It’s not cool to say ‘school’

Whilst kids going back to school might be far from your mind at the moment, now is the time to get school uniforms sorted for September.

If your school isn’t too strict on buying official uniforms from specialist suppliers, then supermarkets are nearly always the cheapest place to buy new school uniforms. For the latest, high street deals head over to cheap school uniform tips.

Alternatively could Uniform Exchange help? The Uniform Exchange initiative encourages parents to recycle out-grown school uniforms by donating them so they can be passed on to others who need them, for free.

Great for you, and the environment too. Information about how to donate, or request, the uniform is available online.